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City Council Calls Public Hearing to Protect Black and Latino Lives in Oakland

The Oakland City Council is calling a meeting in January to discuss the meaning of the Black Lives Matter movement for Oakland and what reforms the city must make to protect the human rights of [...]
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Be Informed: Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 California Employers Must Now Provide Paid Sick Leave

Although the new law is not effective until July 1, 2015, employers in California will need to begin carefully reviewing any sick leave or paid time off policies, as well as payroll and wage statement [...]
Council President Lynette McElhaney and Council President Pro Tem Larry Reid convened the Special Council Hearing on Jan. 24.

Council President McElhaney Responds to Criticisms

By Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Oakland City Council President The East Bay Express (EBX) has been investigating me for the last nine months – digging into my personal life, my work in Richmond and on the [...]
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McElhaney Has the Backing to Become Next Council President

  District 3 Councilmember Lynette McElhaney appears to have the necessary votes to become the next president of the Oakland City Council.   Councilmembers will elect the new president and vice mayor at the swearing [...]
Congresswoman Barbara Lee posed with her hands up in response to the injustice in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, tragedies that she says, “have been happening for many years.”

Congresswoman Lee Named “Most Valuable House Member” in The Nation’s 2014 Honor Roll

The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, has named Congresswoman Barbara Lee the “Most Valuable House Member” calling her a “full-spectrum advocate for peace, civil rights, civil liberties and economic [...]
A photo of the Chevron Richmond Refinery flaring incident Dec. 18 was posted and shared on Twitter.

Contra Costa County Health Services to Oversee Investigation of Chevron Flaring Incident

Chevron has agreed to have Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) oversee the investigation of the Dec. 18 flaring at the Richmond Refinery and to keep the agency and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District [...]
Mayor Jean Quan. Photo by Spencer Whitney.

Mayor Jean Quan Leaves Rich Legacy for Oakland

Jean Quan’s legacy as mayor of Oakland is marked by major improvements in public safety, economic advancement and environmental initiatives in the city. Mayor Quan was the first mayor to work directly with the federal [...]
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Both U.S. and Cuba Will Benefit from Improved Relations, Says Congesswoman Lee

After fighting for improving relations between Cuba and the U.S. for 37 years, Congresswoman Barbara is savoring the moment – the formal announcement recently that President Barack Obama is beginning to break down the walls [...]